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happen upon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v happen upon find unexpectedly "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb","she struck a goldmine","The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
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Quotations

  • Edmund Burke
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    “An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens to stumble upon it.”

Usage

In literature:

Halfway across the six-mile span she happened to look back, and a new mark upon the western shore caught her eye.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
If nothing else had happened, I might have looked upon Father Moran's visit as a coincidence.
"The Lake" by George Moore
First, an accident might happen to the schoolmaster which should put a complete and final check upon his projects and contrivances.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 6, No. 38, December, 1860" by Various
It was only as I walked away, hearing my own steps and those of Lecamus ringing upon the pavement, that I began to realise what had happened.
"A Beleaguered City" by Mrs. Oliphant
In Baden-Baden he happened upon Lord and Lady Deppingham.
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
It had all happened in a moment; but in that moment Dubby, out for exercise, came upon the scene.
"Baldy of Nome" by Esther Birdsall Darling
He had advanced some distance from his men, and happened to stumble upon a large force of the enemy.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume VI. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
How happens it that a firm superstructure has been erected upon an unstable foundation?
"Essays on some unsettled Questions of Political Economy" by John Stuart Mill
It oftentimes happen'd likewise, that the finest Notes in the Air fell upon the most insignificant Words in the Sentence.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
If Joyce had happened upon him in any other way, it is doubtful if their acquaintance would have grown very rapidly.
"The Gate of the Giant Scissors" by Annie Fellows Johnston
So pray don't take it up, and wipe your mouth upon it, as if nothing had happened.
"Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady, Volume 8" by Samuel Richardson
You may happen upon a good time any minute, then.
"We Girls: A Home Story" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
While tramping around in the neighborhood of Furnace Creek I happened upon an old almost obliterated trail.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
After that conversation between Lady Mountjoy and her niece two or three things happened, all bearing upon our story.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
And if, while you're in Germany, you happen to be bored, Why, you rush away to Russia, and you call upon the CZAR.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 99, October 4, 1890" by Various
I have no consciousness of what happened after this feeling of unsubstantiality came upon me.
"Clairvoyance and Occult Powers" by Swami Panchadasi
Upon this I went straight to my brother to his house, and told him what had happened to me.
"The Book of Dreams and Ghosts" by Andrew Lang
It was inevitable that he should think upon what had happened to him in the meantime.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
Marcello wondered whether Aurora would ever meet Regina face to face, and what would happen if he were called upon to choose between the two.
"Whosoever Shall Offend" by F. Marion Crawford
This proposition was made to an English commander: what discourse happened upon it is uncertain.
"The Works Of The Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IX. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
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In poetry:

Of all the wonders happening there
The strangest hap befell
Upon a famous Aprile morn,
As I you now shall tell.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
We'll flash upon the milky way
To pay Dame Night a call—
But should we happen on old Day—
We'd fall and fall and fall.
"Visiting" by John Chipman Farrar
It happen'd on a summer even-tide,
Soon after Christ had freely bled and died,
Two travellers, upon the dusty road,
Each going to his own belov'd abode.
"Paraphrase, Luke XXIV" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
ONE holy day, it happened that our dame,
As from the neighb'ring church she homeward came;
And passed a house, some wight, concealed from view;
A basket full of filth upon her threw.
"The Jealous Husband" by Jean de La Fontaine
By the first streak of dawn she early up had been,
And happened to look out upon the stormy scene,
And she descried the wreck through the morning gloom;
But she resolved to rescue them from such a perilous doom
"Grace Darling or "The Wreck of the Forfarshire"" by William Topaz McGonagall
They felt quite melancholy when they parted for the night,
And got up in the morning soon as ever it was light;
Each other's pleasant company they reckoned so upon,
And all because it happened that they both knew ROBINSON!
"Etiquette" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

A team of researchers affiliated with the University of California happened upon a pharmacy that had a stash of eight medications with expiration dates going back as far as the 1960s.
Our jack-of-all-trades Sean Martin has made it his mission to find the unknown golfer - and he happened upon the stories of Michael Weaver, Steven Fox, John Peterson and Dylan Frittelli in 2012.
Debra Cresci (r) gives a big hug to her neighbor, Steve Matisek, upon returning home to find her San Bruno home undamaged on Sept 12, 2010 following the aftermath of a huge natural gas explosion that happened last Friday.
A week or so ago I happened upon Teen Mom's "I Wanna Go Out, " a fuzzy, catchy little nugget of wonder, and I haven't stopped listening to it since.
A week or so ago I happened upon Teen Mom's "I Wanna Go Out," a fuzzy, catchy little nugget of wonder, and I haven't stopped listening to it since.
) A public defender in Washington happens upon a frightening conspiracy involving one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
Started the hunt in the dark and didn't see a thing until 1:45pm when I happened upon this pig.
Shortly after visiting the NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif, last month, I happened upon coverage of the event in Los Angeles Times.
As I was checking out of this wonder department store that so happens to start with a 'W' I happened upon this gem of a product.
Several years ago, we happened upon this great " liquor " sign in the West 20s, marveled at it and moved along, failing to make note of where it was.
My girlfriend and I happened upon this wonderful sunset June 20, 2012 while at Chinook Landing in Fairview, Oregon.
I happened upon another blog today written by a guy at our sister station, Q103.
There is an old tradition that one is never to speak the name of Shakespeare's play about the assassination of King Duncan for fear of treacherous happenings upon the stage on which "the Scottish play" is produced.
Earlier today, I happened upon these striking words from Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk's 2006 Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
' Once Upon a Time' needs to simplify the multiple storylines currently happening on the show.
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In science:

In this section we show what happens when aggregates are allowed to disintegrate upon collision.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
So we choose to have a background independent theory of gravity simply because we do not want our results to depend upon the vagaries of a background that we happen to choose.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
We invoke general covariance because we do not want our inferences to depend upon the vagaries of a background spacetime that we happen to choose.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
From the rise-time of the reflectivity transient it also follows that this transition happens on the 100 fs timescale after photoexcitation (rise-time is becoming shorter upon increasing F ).
Dynamics of photoinduced Charge Density Wave-metal phase transition in K0.3MoO3
Let’s now consider what happens in the LT-M structure upon increasing θ from the initial zero-value: our calculated electronic structures (not shown, see Ref. ) indicate a decreasing eg band-width and a related increasing band-gap.
First Principles Studies of Multiferroic Materials
This happens because, upon softening, the four C-C planar stretching modes hybridize in such a way that those at 715cm−1 carry an increased weight on the C atoms, while the opposite happens for the two modes at 1257cm−1 .
Doped graphane: a prototype high-Tc electron-phonon superconductor
As the closure of the minority spin gap happens by the extension of NQP state tails from above, towards the Fermi level and in order to have a complete picture it is important to understand the effect of correlations upon the minority spin states situated below EF .
Absence of halfmetallicity in defect-free Cr, Mn-delta-doped Digital Magnetic Heterostructures
For that reason, we don’t pay attention to which optimal coupling we use, nor do we pay attention to what happens upon failure.
A Gibbs Sampler on the n-Simplex
The modulation to power spectrum at such small scales, speaking in terminology of halo mode for matter clustering, is mainly happened upon the one-halo term which is determined just by mass distribution inside halos and halo mass distribution function (Cooray & Sheth, 2002).
Influence of baryons on spatial distribution of matter: higher order correlation functions
In this connection one observes the phenomenon of antiprime splitting, where a Q-badly approximable number θ loses its antiprime status upon diagonal inclusion in K: this happens for quadratic Pisot-Vijayaraghavan B.
Real Algebraic Number Theory II. Ideological Arithmetic
In the other examples we treated the first few relations and confirmed by character countings that the pairwise cancellation of classical generators against classical relations should happen upon normal ordering also at higher orders.
A Class of W-Algebras with Infinitely Generated Classical Limit
For x = 0.25 a sample with small L will spontaneously nucleate a [110] FM state upon cooling, but for L = 64 this does not happen in the time available.
Quasi-Long-Range Order in Random-Anisotropy Heisenberg Models
We are less interested in the correlation function associated with a specific realization of the subclump distribution, than we are with what happens upon averaging over the various possible subclump distributions.
Substructure and the halo model of large-scale structure
For bodies less massive than Jupiter, clearing proceeds through a combination of accretion and the eventual influence of larger bodies. A strict criterion for the size at which this clearing happens is difficult to decide upon.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
Since these are described by field theory, we understand what happens to them upon compactification.
TASI Lectures on Matrix Theory
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